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Shannon Airmed 1 Named Top Service in State
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • Posted December 2, 2009

Shannon AirMed1 was named the 2009 Air Medical Service by the Texas Department of State Health Services at the recent Texas EMS Conference, marking the fourth year for the service to receive the honor. AirMed1 earned the award previously in 2002, 2003 and 2007. They are the only service in Texas to receive the honor four times.

"Our crew is honored to receive this prestigious award for the fourth time while also celebrating our 15

The award, announced at the annual EMS conference in Fort Worth, honors a public or private air medical service in Texas who demonstrates the highest standards in providing patient care to the citizens of its region. AirMed1 was nominated for the award along with several other air ambulance services in the state. A committee assembled by the Texas Department of State Health Services selects each year’s winner. AirMed1 received several letters of recommendation for the award, including support from area schools, emergency services, patients and hospitals.

"Although this award recognizes our job of providing outstanding care, it also focuses on the service’s commitment to the community," said Tiftickjian. "We have always tried to be active members of our community, participating in countless health and safety events, health fairs, landing zone classes, free continuing education classes for our rural partners, and many other events where we were simply invited to meet and support the communities."

Founded in April 1994, Shannon AirMed1 provides 24-hour emergency care for area hospitals in more than 30 counties, or more than 130,000 square miles, across West Texas. Shannon AirMed1 transports cardiac, trauma, medical, pediatric, and burn patients and has extensive life support equipment essential to providing care for patients in life-threatening or emergency situations. Transportation via AirMed1 of critically ill or injured patients can significantly reduce time enroute to a hospital and allow patients to receive definitive care within the "GOLDEN HOUR," the first hour following injury, heart attack or another critical or life threatening condition. AirMed1 is one of the only services in West Texas to carry blood on each flight for optimal patient outcomes and to also use night vision capabilities for enhanced safety. The program utilizes a Bell 407 aircraft designed to facilitate optimal patient care.

th year of service to the Concho Valley," said Heather Tiftickjian, RN, emergency services director at Shannon Medical Center. "This award is truly a reflection of the crew members’ hard work and excellent care provided to our patients."

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